The cherry blossom festival was kicked off at Tuyen Lam Lake in Da Lat city on January 27. (Photo: VNA)

Lam Dong (VNA) - The cherry blossom festival was kicked off at Tuyen Lam Lake in Da Lat city of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong at a ceremony on January 27.

The ceremony also saw the announcement of the Tuyen Lam Lake Resort as a national resort and Da Lat city as ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable City.

A variety of event is taking place not only at the Tuyen Lam National Resort but across the city during the three-day festival, including art performances, musical fountain shows, wine tasting, a Gong music night and a photo exhibition of Da Lat city’s special cherry-like apricot.

The festival aims to promote the local cherry-like apricot – Mai Anh Dao – known as the city’s floral emblem. The flower blooms in pink in the first months of the year to welcome the spring. The trees mostly grow in Da Lat city and forests in Lac Duong district.

Da Lat won the ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable City at the ASEAN Environmental Award in Brunei in July last year.-VNA